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Artist Benjamin Alejandro has overcome many things in his life and he has used his experiences and life lessons to become a conscious artist and designer. Taking difficult moments in life and using them as the forefront in your art is not only brave, but it sets the tone for others to do the same. There is a vulnerability aspect that I enjoy about Benjamin’s art. Posting your mug shot and owning it takes the power from that situation and, in turn, creates a whole new idea behind the photo. I am so fascinated by Benjamin’s work ethic and hustle that I knew I had to capture his journey in an interview. This is the story of Benjamin Alejandro…
Most people would be afraid of airing the skeletons in their closet for the world to see due to public opinion, judgment and so on. Do you feel that using your personal mug shot in your art has freed you from having these fears?
I think it’s important to be real and open. It helps to keep a clear vision and purpose of goals or path. It has helped me to push my self, progress and pull through by owning the art, image and in the works oneself.
On your website you have this great introduction piece by G. James Daichendt. What was it like having your work showcased in his book?
It’s funny how I ended up in his book. A good friend of mine “Desire Obtain Cherish” was working on editing a video for the book’s release during one of my visits to his studio. We ended up adding footage from a recent street art installation I had recently done. We wrapped up the video edit and sent it out to James without his consent at that point. He loved the added content and pursued to carry me onto the final edit of his book. Taking some of the initial roots of graffiti can at times work for you.
How important is the relationship between the artist and the author who tries to tell the story of the artist? Do you think his book "Stay Up" captured the essentials of the
I think it’s great; I’ve read tons of his articles and I know he comes from a good place by defending street art with and what we do. It’s a real treat to have him see our side and story for what it is.
Stay up LA might be a head of its time. There is no telling what the future holds for us. I do agree that it does grasp at least my ideas of art, street art, and graffiti to the viewer and the artist.
In general, how do you feel about books that try and navigate through the street art/art/graffiti culture?
These books are great. My first encounter with this culture was through a book a school mate showed me at the age of 7-8 entitled “Subway Art”. Growing up where I grew up, it was made easy to gateway from gangs to become a "writer" or "tagger" as they were called then during that movement at that time. I do believe our times are changing with computers yet I believe it’s the same concept of documenting and sharing an interesting subject.
What can you share about your clothing line? Where did the “PRAY” hat concept derive from?
Fashion is another part of my interests. I have wanted to be a part of fashion in one way or another since I was a young child. For me it's really important to have goals, meet goals, make new ones and continue expanding my limitations. Pray is just a spin off of my message of spirituality which I continue to seek and pursue. I believe it speaks for itself.
What has the reaction been to you using celebrity mug shots in your art?
The reaction has been very well. It was a concept I was working on for over a year before their debut. I'm more than pleased with the outcome and as an artist I'm looking forward to new projects currently in the oven.
We recently had a conversation about how technology would outlive us and represent pieces of who we were in life after we have passed on. What do you hope your Tweets/Facebook statuses/Instagram posts will say about you?
Yeah, we're currently in an age where we are constantly putting out information in writing. This includes hard drives and countless digital files. My hard drives would state that I work a lot and the internet information would state that I'm focused and driven. The way people see me and how I see myself are also two different ideas. So that may differ. I do like to think that I am still very young in many ways and I am looking forward to see how all this pans out.
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What happens when a symbol for peace and love is misunderstood as a symbol for vandalism? For Andrea Lahue this is an idea that she has had to recently explain and defend in a court of law. This artist’s beautiful flowers have been seen around
These “Random Acts” of art first started as a way for Andrea to uplift the community during times of depression and present art that would inspire. I have seen many of Andrea’s flowers driving around
When did flowers become a main staple in your art? What is it about the flower that you enjoy?
I’ve always painted flowers, since I can remember. How long do we have? I love so many things about flowers but what I love the most is they send a clear message of well-being, of spirit, with no dogma attached.
For people that may not know, what is “Random Act”?
My version of a Random Act is when I head out and allow myself to be intuitively guided to the perfect place to paint a flower. I have a few guidelines. The building needs to be “for lease” or abandon, and in disrepair, an eyesore in the community. There also needs to be a parking space in front, preferably in shade (my dogs usually come along). I paint in daylight, with a drop cloth, known as my magic carpet and a palate of primary colored exterior latex paint. With a brush and a ladder, I go about creating my giant botanical.
When I started painting flowers on the street, I just wanted to send a message to uplift, beautify and inspire. It was at the beginning of the depression and midway through the war the line kept running through my head, “this is a Random Act of Flower.” After a while, I started leaving my symbol, with Random Act and the year, by each flower.
What is the
I have a series of paintings called
The Cross Country Random Acts of Flowers Project is where I drive, around the country, waking in the morning, painting a flower on a building in transition and heading out to the next city or town, to do the same. There have been over 200 flowers painted in over 50 cities and towns from
To me, your flowers symbolize peace and beauty but I know that recently you had an experience where your art created a very dangerous situation for you. What can you share about what happened and what do you want to say to those who feel your art is a form of vandalism?
Yes, thank you, the flowers do send a message of peace and beauty, universally. I have been painting out for many years now, and have never had an encounter such as the one in late April. That case is still pending, as far as I know, but in short, I was painting flowers on a “for lease” building on La Brea, over some tags, and two people drove up, took pictures, took the keys out of my truck and assaulted me. It was terrifying and I reported it. Somehow almost two months later, I was arrested and charged with felony vandalism and had a $20,000 bail. The pictures they showed me, were of me smiling and painting a flower, that fateful day. It has been a terrifying and financially devastating ordeal. Thanks to my Lawyer, Grace Ayers,on July 11th the Los Angeles Police Department decided to not file the charges against me. All I know about the other case at the moment is, they have my keys in custody.
In terms of someone feeling my public work is a form of vandalism, I like to let the flowers speak for themselves.
Action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property.
Why do you choose to place your art on run down buildings?
I paint on run down buildings because my goal is to uplift, beautify and inspire. I never want to hurt anyone’s business or cause anyone extra work. As there was a depression when I started, there were plenty of buildings in transition and communities really needed a bright spot.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I am working on a painting for the TKU Benefit on August 9th , a piece for an upcoming show at the Gabba Gallery, finishing up a commission and organizing the Peru Indiana Americana Mural and ideally with a mini Random Acts Journey on the way to Indiana and on the way back.
Is there anything you want to share about your work that people may not know?
Yes, I would like people to know that I come from a long line of warriors, “freedom fighters,” if you will. My father was in the military, his father and so on and so on. As an Army brat, I knew the military was not for me, although I am aware, I am a product of those ideals; “duty, honor, country.” I would add “Liberty, Equality, and Humanity.” When my brother went off to Afghanistan in the reserves, I wondered what I could do to help this country in a quiet, powerful way, while doing no harm. Random Acts of Flowers is my way. In April of this year, I became a fiscally sponsored, non-profit, 501(c)(3). This means my work has been deemed creative and helpful to the public, and I can raise funds through FracturedAtlas.com,
and the contributions are tax deductible.
Here’s the link. fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal
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From gallery walls, to street walls and even on a front porch, artist “Look At” has been hitting the pavement sending out his pieces for many to see and experience. What I respect about his work is that each piece is bigger and better than the one before and the subject matter is always different. You can see that Look At is constantly progressing and growing with each piece that he puts out. With a collaborative show approaching with “The Soap Company”, I was able to interview Look At and finally ask him about the famous and mystifying Alice & Wonderland piece (one of my favorite pieces of his) and about his involvement with the “Let It Fly” project. This is his story…
The lines in your pieces are always so clean and the colors blend perfectly and vibrantly together. What kind of training have you received to master this style?
I began painting a year ago. I’ve sketched my whole life, but was encouraged to explore walls and canvases when I moved to LA from
What can you share about the “Let It Fly” project in
I was honored to be a part of that project. When I was asked to contribute I initially thought it was a really cool idea to display art publicly in a very residential area, especially by bringing in painters that generally work more in public places. But, the concept of it really caught my attention when I learned that the location was on the front of a house that’s down the street from a school, one that kids walk by everyday. This motivated me to do something eye catching for the students, the neighborhood, and any other pedestrians or drivers passing by.
There were plenty of things I thought of that might have been more suiting to have made an impression on the students in terms of informative artistic education, for example I was thinking of painting some sort of reference toward artists that I’m influenced by that maybe they hadn’t heard of. But, in the end, I thought that something so out of place, like a giant green face with pink hair and a stark white background, would make many more people stop and think, “What the hell is that?” Sometimes that reaction is worth more than any information I might want to pass on other than to simply start seeing art everywhere.
The first piece of yours that I came across was the Alice & Wonderland piece you did in the Ethos Gallery parking lot. Where did the idea for this come from and how difficult was it to paint this piece in that location?
popped into my head, and was perfect. That was the start of a little run of weekly murals I had at that spot for a few months, and the Alice piece made me want to design something to utilize the shape of the space differently every time.
I’ve noticed that you like to paint Marvel Comic super heroes. How did the fascination with super heroes first start and when did you first start to incorporate the super heroes in your art?
I have always been into comics since I was a kid, growing up reading my dad’s old collection of Spider-Man comics, and in the 90’s marvel was huge on TV and with toys and action figures. That stuff ruled my childhood. Not only was I obsessed with it as a kid, it was also a dream of mine to animate comics, so those kinds of characters were all I ever drew. I guess when I started painting, my natural rhythm went to what I known.
How do you feel about those that make it their mission to “buff out” street art?
Luckily I haven’t run into anyone like that yet, but I’m sure they have their reasons just as I do to share my work. Knowing there are those like that isn’t going to make me want to stop putting out my work. That’s the nature of art in the street; you never know how long it will last.
Where can people catch your art?
I have a show with The Soap Company coming up on July 19 in downtown
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This week I wanted to give the spotlight to a gallery who is changing the way the observer experiences art. The Ethos Gallery is a melting pot for all things creative and it resides in a perfect location right in the heart of the LA art scene. Eddie Donaldson and Lisa Falcone are the curators of the Ethos Gallery and they have created a positive space that has a special spiritual element that makes it very inviting to the visitor. One of my favorite parts of visiting the Ethos Gallery is right outside in their Fame Yard. The yard is a prime outside space that Lisa and Eddie help curate for artists who want to showcase their work. They create a perfect balance of new and classic art from those who promote a positive and innovative message. I could go on and on about the wonderful things happening at Ethos Gallery but the only way to really get the full effect is to experience the gallery yourself. This is the story of the Ethos Gallery…
What was the goal for Ethos Gallery when you first opened the doors and has it evolved or changed at all?
The primary goal for Ethos Gallery when we opened was to provide a space for conscious and spiritual art. My partner Eddie and I watched a documentary about “healing and the mind”. We learned that people with illnesses healed 50% faster when they had a beautiful view. A light bulb went off in our heads when we realized this must apply to art. We set out to create an environment where we could transfer positive energy from artist to buyer through uplifting images or statements connected to the art. We knew we were onto something when we had our opening. Everyone in attendance kept commenting on the “vibe” and how peaceful our space was. It just felt good to be in a room with all that love. Our concept hasn’t changed since we opened. We do allow pieces that may not be so obviously spiritual as long as they aren’t dark or negative. A client bought a Phobik piece that was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle painted on a saw. His whole face lit up with a smile. That still counts in our book.
How did the Fame Yard first come about and what has been the response to the different art that has been displayed?
The Fame Yard has been around forever. Sportie LA owns the property and we weren’t involved much until this year. They asked us to curate the yard, help manage it for them and get the murals repaired when vandalized. They also like it to change monthly to keep it interesting. They like our positive message since it’s located across from a high school. I love the Fame Yard. People are so happy to paint there. Tourists come from all over to take pictures of the art. The fans love it. There can definitely be some controversy with the artists, though. There is a change happening with the popularity of street art which is considered “new” and the old school graffiti artists who have “paid their dues” so to speak. They don’t always agree on what is worthy of wall space. Beyond that, some artists just don’t like each other for personal reasons. Because of this, the vandalism does happen. We try and stay neutral. It’s impossible to please everyone.
Who are a few of the artists we can expect to be added to the yard in the next few weeks?
We had Sebastian Walker painting in the yard recently. He’s a French artist and has a lot of credibility in the art scene. We have had a lot of street art in the yard lately so we are planning a major graffiti installation with Slick and Risk. We have to keep it balanced and incorporate all types of art so we can appeal to a wider audience.
What type of criteria does an artist need in order to show at Ethos?
In order to show at Ethos you have to have artistic talent and create positive work, and you also must have good energy and a positive attitude. The art carries the energy of the artist so this is key. We accept fine art and street art in all mediums. The art has to be well produced and well thought out. If you are strictly a street artist you have to have a strong message and be clever about it. Chod is a perfect example. The popularity of his art rests on his messages. He attacks the problems with our economy and educates people on how messed up our financial, religious, and political systems are. People relate to it and we think he has something important to say. His installations on
What are some of the events the public can look forward to at Ethos in the coming months?
On July 14th we have a bike ride with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition that starts in
What makes Ethos different from other galleries?
Both our buyers and artists both tell us we are not like other galleries. I know our concept of positivity is different, but I think there’s something else. We have heart. We believe in what we do. We give new artists that have been rejected by other galleries a chance to show on a professional level. We are approachable, open and community oriented. We want to create as many ways as possible to bring
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Imagine focusing on a geometrical pattern and having the ability to bring love, good health and success into your life. Astrea Sri Ana has developed Sacred Geometry drawings that help to bring positive energies and release negative ones.
These patterns are currently on display at the Ethos Gallery through July 3rd and the reception to these geometric patterns has been warm and well received. Michael Liss, organizer of the event, introduced me to these sacred patterns and I had a first hand experience that is difficult to put into words because of how powerful my encounter was.
Inspired by her time in Bali and through personal struggle of her own, Astrea has tapped into a realm that is a blessing from a higher power that allows her to share her gifts with the world. Open up your third eye and travel into the world of Sacred Geometry. This is Astrea’s story…
How did the geometric patterns first begin and when did you realize that people could channel energies and emotions by focusing on them?
It was during a time of great struggle, heartbreak, poverty and feeling absolutely without power, that I had an awakening. This opened my path and my destiny and as my frequency increased from meditation and channeling the divine, I began to see, and then to draw, sacred geometries. I was shown the geometry to draw to heal specific issues I held, weaknesses, wounds, struggles and their purpose originally was to heal myself. Soon the walls of my house were covered in these drawings and I changed, and my life changed. I moved to
I have also channeled many series of holograms as pathways for the new energies,
sharing these programs of holograms monthly by newsletter and monthly meditations with groups around the world as part of our Dreaming the
How has living in
constantly by the beauty and the magic.
What can you share about your Sacred Geometry showing at the Ethos Gallery?
Such a huge force of energy has gone into the exhibition of the Blueprints for the New Human at Ethos Gallery. Michael Liss had the dream and vision several years ago to display the holograms and codes of sacred geometry in a special way. He ‘saw’ how they would be displayed, he knew it all. And then the journey began to find the people who would support that dream. The typographer John Carrington Simpson, who translated the original geometries into digital format, is a famous and gifted man and Michael was able to work together with John to bring forth these beautiful works of art, while retaining and enhancing their special power.
Which geometrical pattern have people been drawn to the most?
Love is the eternal theme that people are drawn to; Romantic Love, Intimate Love, Heart Opening, Gentle and Peaceful Heart. And many are drawn to the holograms that release and transform Sorrow and Regret, Bitterness, Anger, Jealousy and those of finding your place and
purpose such as Life Path, Soul Path, Heart’s Dreams and Success. There is a hologram for every experience you may be going through that will transform and heal the sadness and sorrow and lack of power. Every person is drawn to the hologram that is meant for THEM.
Describe the creative process between yourself and the collective of artists in regards to bringing your sacred mathematical equation to life.
Michael was very hands on in LA, working with John Carrington Simpson in
original intent and stroke and line was retained. It was such a burst of energy over several
weeks, this collaboration, and a most strong team experience to translate the original sacred geometry sketches and drawings which then became these most beautiful works of art.
What type of effect do you hope your work has on people?
To have the holograms displayed, in such beauty and color and technical perfection, in
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My friends over at the Ethos Gallery are putting together a fundraiser to help out a family of three who lost everything in a tragic fire. Kelly Reyes and her young son Armando Reyes Jr. are strong staples in the Los Angeles art community. They are known for selflessly contributing and helping others when they are in need and now many in the community are banding together to help this amazing family.
Ethos Gallery will have a fundraiser and raffle on June 22nd at the Jarritos Pop-Up gallery to raise money. Donations are also being accepted to help get this family back on their feet.
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